AI Child Sexual Exploitation: Legal Punishment and Emerging Cases

2023-08-26 04:52:00

You must have seen the video at least once in which the artificial intelligence (AI) voice of broadcaster Myung-Soo Park covers a new song by the group New Jeans and a virtual character resembling a person dances. A lot of creations are being created with AI. This technology has even led to the creation of child sexual exploitation. Cases of producing, distributing, and storing AI sexual exploitation are emerging one by one. Is it possible to legally punish the act of producing and distributing pictures drawn by AI rather than filming actual children?

Last month, a suspect who made child sexual exploitation with AI was prosecuted for the first time. The Busan District Prosecutor’s Office arrested and indicted a man in his 40s who made 360 ​​cases of child sexual exploitation using AI. Mr. A used an image-generating AI program that draws pictures when words are entered. It was investigated that Mr. A made an AI picture with words suggesting a minor such as ’10 years old’.

Recently, the court is also applying charges of violating the Act on the Protection of Children and Adolescent Sexuality (Youth Sexuality Protection Act) to child sexual exploitation made with cartoon characters. The Seongnam Branch of the Suwon District Court sentenced the defendant to 2 years and 6 months in prison for drawing 210 cases of child sexual exploitation characters through an illustration program in February. In June of last year, there was also a case where the Seoul Southern District Court sentenced a defendant to six months in prison for storing 444 animation files of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.

Sexual exploitation using fictional characters in school uniforms is overflowing online. You can easily access it by searching a few keywords on YouTube. In an interview with the Kyunghyang Shinmun on the 2nd, Lee Hyun-suk, CEO of Taktinnaeil, pointed out that “platform companies need to actively respond and citizens report action.”

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